StewMac buffing arbor vs. Shopfox buffer and LMI wheels

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by noahbass, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. noahbass


    Sep 12, 2008
    guitar builder
    So I need a buffer, post haste. I can assemble a good unit buying the shopfox buffing arbor, wheels, and compound from LMI. Then get the motor from stewmac or grizzly, etc. This can be done for about $350.

    Then there's the stewmac kit. Seems really nice and complete, except for the mounting bolts from what I read. $495.

    Does anyone think it's $145 better than the LMI option?
  2. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
    I've got the stewmac one, cost me an arm and a leg to have it shipped to Australia *rolleyes* besides the obvious differences like the extended arms and buffs, there's not much difference. They both will buff a shine on your instruments, the buff material and the menzerna coumpound still remains the same. If you want to save the cash there's no reason to buy the Stewmac one.
  3. noahbass


    Sep 12, 2008
    guitar builder
    well I splurged and bought the stewmac kit last night. Like I said I need it NOW. It seemed more convenient to get the kit and the stewmac one just seemed nicer. good marketing I guess. 512$ ow
  4. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    You married? :) 512 ain't too bad, only about 2/3 the price of an average pair of my wife's boots... I don't feel bad buying tools and toys I need anymore... :D
  5. noahbass


    Sep 12, 2008
    guitar builder
    Ha! No, not married. It's a good thing too as I might have to live in my new shop. Shouldn't be too bad if I frame out a bedroom. Your wife has expensive boots. I got the buffer in the mail yesterday. It's nice. except the menzerna they give you is the medium and the fine. I'd rather have fine and very fine. Maybe I'll only have to wet sand to 600 or 1000 if i use the medium though